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Hi, RSK: Thanks for your comment! I’m not sure what you mean that this post is not an “article,” but you are correct that this blog is a set of my opinions. And you are also correct that not everybody agrees with my opinions, especially when their ox is being gored because they have a financial interest in the subject matter. Is that the case here? You don’t say, but are you a sales consultant of BeautyCounter products?
By the way, sometime in November 2016, the webpage where Beautycounter talked about their impressive limit of 2 ppm of a heavy metal, became unavailable. Now they have a different page on their website where they are not so specific. It says, “Beautycounter is screening all of our color cosmetics for heavy metals and doing our best to reach “non-detectable” heavy metal limits when possible, while always keeping them within our health-protective company standards.”

Accordingly, it would have been foolish of me to sign it as it was written. If I had signed it as it was written, I could look at the test results, but would not have been allowed to say anything about them, good or bad, and so merely signing the NDA would have satisfied my own curiosity, but would have prevented me from reporting back to you, and the many people who rely on my opinions, and who have asked for my opinion on Beautycounter’s products. What I needed was some language in the NDA that would have allowed me to say something, even if it were very vague, such as, “I don’t recommend their products.” This is called “safe harbor” language – as long as the language is specifically agreed-to beforehand, it would be okay to say it. So, on December 8, 2016, I wrote back to them and suggested the following addition to the NDA:
I have been using the Beautycounter Skincare line for 5 months now, and I have yet to find a product that I don't totally love. Not only does this company stay true to their mission of, "Getting Safer Products into the hands of everyone", but they provide high quality, affective products! Since using Beautycounter products, my pores have cleared and are noticeably smaller, my dark spots are lighter, my skin is brighter and I can't tell you how good it feels knowing that I am no longer loading my body up with chemicals and all the other crap that I've been unknowingly putting on my skin for years. After reading some of the negative reviews on here about their customer service, I can't help but think each of those people must work for a competitor or something... because my experience has been nothing short of exceptional from day one- customer service, my consultant, the products, and everything! Thank you Beautycounter!!!

There has been a marketing trend towards the sale of cosmetics lacking controversial ingredients, especially those derived from petroleum, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and parabens.[42] Numerous reports have raised concern over the safety of a few surfactants, including 2-butoxyethanol. In some individuals, SLS may cause a number of skin problems, including dermatitis. Additionally, some individuals have had an emergence of vitiliago after using cosmetics containing the ingredient rhododendrol.[43][44][45][46][47][48]
Human nighttime sleep is lengthy in comparison with that of many other mammals. Other animals usually don’t have releases of growth hormone during sleep and few other mammals enter a fasting state during sleep. Herbivores continue to digest food throughout their sleep, carnivores gorge themselves on meat which can take up to a day to digest, and rodents wake up periodically to nibble more food. The human sleep-related growth hormone surge may be a mechanism to protect tissue protein against potentially detrimental effects of this fast, and also to promote the body’s mobilization of its fat reserves.
I have been using the Beautycounter Skincare line for 5 months now, and I have yet to find a product that I don't totally love. Not only does this company stay true to their mission of, "Getting Safer Products into the hands of everyone", but they provide high quality, affective products! Since using Beautycounter products, my pores have cleared and are noticeably smaller, my dark spots are lighter, my skin is brighter and I can't tell you how good it feels knowing that I am no longer loading my body up with chemicals and all the other crap that I've been unknowingly putting on my skin for years. After reading some of the negative reviews on here about their customer service, I can't help but think each of those people must work for a competitor or something... because my experience has been nothing short of exceptional from day one- customer service, my consultant, the products, and everything! Thank you Beautycounter!!!
As of 2009, more than 25 million animals in the United States are used in some type of cosmetic testing.[59] Such tests have involved general toxicity, eye and skin irritants, phototoxicity (toxicity triggered by ultraviolet light), and mutagenicity.[60] Due to the ethical concerns around animal testing, some nations have legislated against animal testing for cosmetics. According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are nearly 50 non-animal tests that have been validated for use, with many more in development, that may replace animal testing and are potentially more efficacious.[61] In the United States, mice, rats, rabbits, and cats are the most used animals for testing.[62] In 2018, California banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics.[63]
Love your info! I’ve been using natural household products for a while now and just branching out into the ‘natural beauty’ world. What was the name of the foundation you use? Also, what are your thoughts on the honest company? I have my 3rd baby on the way (been a while, my youngest is 7) and I really want to go natural products with this one, so I’ve been looking into honest, but not sure…..

The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity, congruence and elegance, and outer beauty (i.e. physical attractiveness) which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.

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